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I feel very safe! The staff treats you like family and their service is outstanding.
- Frank Perna - USA
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Our guides are chosen for their ability to provide you with an exciting and memorable heli-ski vacation while always caring for your safety and comfort. Many senior guides have been with MWHS for more than 20 years.
Our guides are also your Resort hosts - they meet you on arrival, take you to your accommodations and show you our facilities. Every evening after their detailed guides meeting, they will meet you in the Powder Max Dining Room and the Silver Buckle Lounge for your gourmet dining experience and conversation.
Every heli-ski week is an instructional week. Whether you are a first timer or an expert powder skier, your guide is also a qualified ski instructor and will help you improve your technique to increase your powder enjoyment.
Mike Wiegele - Lead Guide / Owner
Bob Sayer - Lead Heliski Guide
Elias Ortner - Lead Heliski Guide
Barry Widas - Lead Heliski Guide
Bill Mark - Lead Heliski Guide
Bob Rankin - Lead Heliski Guide
Crosby Johnston - Lead Heliski Guide
Erich Schadinger - Lead Heliski Guide
Mike Hainault - Lead Heliski Guide
Scott Streadwick - Lead Heliski Guide
Tim McLean - Lead Heliski Guide
Alain Brunelle - Heliski Guide
Bodie Shandro - Heliski Guide
Colin Altman - Heliski Guide
Doug Ward - Heliski Guide
Gabe Lavoie - Snowcat Operator/Heliski Guide
Jamie Galt - Heliski Guide
Jaromir Malcek - Heliski Guide
Jason Martin - Heliski Guide/Photographer
Jenny Citherlet - Heliski Guide
Jordan Stiefvater - Heliski Guide
Lucas Shubin - Heliski Guide
Marius Marginean - Heliski Guide
Martin Fichtl - Heliski Guide
Michael Shynkaryk - Heliski Guide
Mike Wheater - Heliski Guide
Polly Layton - Heliski Guide
Riel MacBoudreau - Heliski Guide/Photographer
Rob Sherry - Heliski Guide
Ryan Bush - Heliski Guide
Sam Ozank - Heliski Guide
Scott Thumlert - Heliski Guide
Sebastian Barlerin - Heliski Guide
Sophie Norton - Heliski Guide
Willy Rens - Heliski Guide
John Schwirtlich - Heliski Photographer/Guide
Luke Laurin - Heliski Photographer/Guide
Each guest is issued a BCA Tracker 2 transceiver as well as a light shovel pack, equipped with a shovel and probe. Guests are required to wear the transceiver while in the mountains and are instructed in its use before beginning heli-skiing or boarding. All guides carry rescue equipment and first aid supplies in their packs.
Your guide will continually assess the snow stability. Occasionally they will stop and dig a snow pit. They make snow profiles to find a gliding layer, perform a shear test and assess for a potential avalanche.
The Grizzly Hut, donated by long time friend and guest Matthias Maresch, was built in 1993 to support avalanche research and development. Located in the Monashee Mountains, it is used as well as an emergency shelter and as a rescue storage cache and safe, warm haven in the mountains.
Extensive safety and rescue systems and detailed plans address foreseeable emergency scenarios in the back country. Three repeater stations provide uninterrupted radio communication between the Blue River base station and each helicopter. The Blue River base station constantly monitors the location of each helicopter and maintains at minimum an hourly contact.
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The Guides Haus accommodates the Simon Fraser University Avalanche Research office.
Initiated in 1990 by Mike Wiegele, the Avalanche Research and Forecasting program in Blue River provides scientific research to helicopter ski operators and other industries.
The purpose of this organization is to build and maintain a facility for continuous research and training for the future. Donations can be made directly to the Norbert Wiegele Snow Sciences Program, please make cheques payable to Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing.
Guests are responsible for following the guide's instructions at all times and for heli-skiing / boarding within the set parameters. Detailed safety Instructions, safety in and around the helicopters as well as the risks of back country wilderness skiing are outlined in the Hazard Awareness and Prevention booklet that is provided to each guest.
Guests participate in a mandatory Safety Orientation of which involves viewing a DVD mountain safety presentation, helicopter safety orientation with your pilot and personal training in the use of the transceiver prior to the first day of skiing / boarding. Each guest is given a BCA Tracker 2 transceiver and an shovel pack including a shovel and probe for use during their stay. Use of MWHS transceivers is mandatory while in the mountains. Furthering our commitment to safety, we also provide helmets for guest's optional use.
In addition, an Interior Health Authority Clinic is located minutes away in Blue River. More advanced medical care is available at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in Clearwater (1hr by car, 30 min by air) and advanced Specialist's medical care is provided at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops (2.5 hr by car, 1hr by air).
Heliski Doctor Dave Watson
Heliski Doctor Linda Johanson
Heliski Doctor Anthony Chamal
Heliski Doctor Alec Ritchie
Dr John Hamilton
Dr. Albert Houlgrave
Toll Free: 1.800.661.9170 Local: 1.250.673.8381
1 Harrwood Dr., Blue River, BC, Canada, V0E 1J0